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No. The execution of politicians. They were gunning for key Dems, and a few of their own (like Pence). They said they were serious, and I take them at their word.

It could have been like the Iraqi coup of Saddam. Anyone speaking against him was taken away (and tortured/shot). In this case, they kill a few politicos, and then expect the rest of the chamber to "confirm" their choice. It didn't get to that point, but they only missed Pelosi and Pence by minutes. Part b) then would have had to save us, but fortunately we didn't have to test that.

I really don't understand how that would possibly work. Certainly we came close to people committing violence against members of Congress. But killing a few Congressmen isn't going to do anything to help facilitate a takeover of a country. Assassination can be part of a coup - but all the other parts are what make it a coup and not just an assassination.

The rioters never had the capacity to seize the House of Representatives - meaning the physical House chamber and the 400+ members inside of it - in a way that they could force it to take a vote they wanted. These were rioters, not special forces. They had no firearms, no organization, and no plan to seize the chamber. If they managed to kill Pelosi or Pence, it would have been by randomly bludgeoning them in a hallway, not executing them in front of the other Congresscritters sitting in the House chamber as an example.

The point of a coup is that you can kill a few politicians and then still be in control when the legislature meets again, so that your threat of personal harm is still active while they're in session. That wasn't ever a possibility here. There was zero - zero - chance of a vote being held once they breached the Capitol.

This was mob violence - there was no chance at all that it would, or could, have resulted in Democrats changing their votes.

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